Lyrics

I love music. Most types of music. But for the last 15 years I have really liked the angry heavy/death/black/speed/thrash/gothic metal. Bands like Slipknot, Seether, White Stripes, Hurt, Scars on Broadway, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Pink Floyd etc … but I also like artists like Jack Johnson, Barenaked Ladies, Third Day, Chris Tomlin, Tom Petty … so there is a wide range of music I like to listen to. But as of lately it’s been the really heavy stuff.

I’ve been playing the crap out of Slipknot’s “All Hope Is Gone”.  The opening song on the CD is called “.execute” … it’s really more or less noise with spoken lyrics. The The lyrics are as follows:

“It appears that we have reached the Edge,
that zenith where stimuli and comatose collide.
Forty years ago, THE MAN proclaimed the Age of the Gross to be upon us,
and even though THE MAN was destroying our heritage and insulting our intelligence,
that era has become very real.
We labor for pleasure and abhor the guilt of pressure.
My generation will go down as the architects of contemporary disgust.
Some have fought and died. Others have allowed the strong to be butchered
for a price they themselves don’t care about and will never understand.
I myself am beleaguered
by the selfish face of a kind of man that is NOT MANKIND.
Distrust in information.
Fundamentalism of opinion.
Catastrophic boredom, and a fanatical devotion to that which DOES NOT MATTER.
Where is your glory now, people?
Where are your gods and politicians?
Where is your shame and salvation?
You Rage For No Reason Because You Have No Reason.

WHAT HAVE YOU EVER FOUGHT FOR?
WHAT HAVE YOU EVER BLED FOR?
THE FACE OF THE EARTH IS SCARRED WITH THE WALKING DEAD.
THE AGE OF THE GROSS IS A LIVING VIRUS.
THIS IS THE FUTURE YOU HAVE CREATED.
THIS IS THE WORLD YOU HAVE SET ABLAZE.
ALL YOUR LIES ARE COMING TRUE.
ALL FREEDOM IS LOST.
ALL HOPE IS GONE.”

©Slipknot 2008

I think the lyrics speak for themselves. The whole first part of the lyrics are a reference to a speech Spiro Agnew gave in 1970. The remainder ties the past to the present and to the future …. a future that is becoming all too real in America. We work so hard for the pleasure of the moment that we don’t count the cost. And once we find that moment of pleasure is gone we move on to the next …

We have become short sighted as a nation. The immediate fix is what we want. We don’t care what it takes to get it either. Look at Corporate Amerika. So driven by the bottom line they no longer care about the people who made their corporations monoliths. The bottom line is all sacred. Employees who do not respond positively to transformation will be dealt with swiftly. That’s what we were told. We were told that if your job isn’t in the paper you don’t have a job, you have a niche. So .. corporate amerika wants to replace all these niche jobs with standardized jobs with cookie cutter employees from foreign companies. Foreigner who sound like they have a huge wad of bubble gum in their mouths, speaking broken Engrish and sporting Amerikanized names like “Bob”.

We have done it to ourselves people. We have gotten lazy. We have to have it now and it has to be as cheap as possible. Thank God for Wal-Mart! The cheaper we want it the cheaper corporate amerika must produce it, the cheaper they have to produce it the cheaper the quality, the cheaper the labor and the cheaper the materials. Ultimately that makes it easier to throw it away and buy another when it breaks. Welcome to the throw-away generation! So just remember when you are getting laid off because your corporation has decided your job can be done cheaper by someone else you can barely afford the basics you asked for it.

My company just announced it’s 3rd round of lay-offs to thier employees in less than a year. I’m so tired of wondering if I’ll have a job six months from now. All because of the bottom line. Our new high priced VP heavy executive management team promised a savings of $15million in one year. They have not been able to do it. So instead of really looking at the reason things are the way they are, the execs are laying off long time engineers and hiring Infosys contractors and farming out data center management to IBM. All for the sake of saving money, to reduce the bottom line. So much for the tech sector as being a safe bet for job security.

So here it is:

I am a Senior Systems Engineer. I have over 20 years experience with UNIX and Linux. Mostly in Solaris, HPUX and RedHat Linux. I understand hardware and networks. I have been a technical team lead for the last 5 years. I am responsible for managing the work load of eleven other senior systems engineers. I have ITIL 3.0 certification. I am in the Dayton/Cincinnati area and I want a new job. Email me … any serious offers will be entertained!

This post turned out nothing like I intended. It took on a rant of it’s own. It’s been dwelling in the back of my mind for weeks … it feels good to get it out.

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